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Be still my heart!

(TPOers in New York and Switzerland... enjoy some raclette for me!)

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An NYC restaurant is taking melted cheese to a whole new level
http://www.businessinsider.com
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Claire Kavanagh
Claire Kavanagh

Nothing better than cheese!

Architecture not your thing? The National Building Museum in Washington DC got creative to show you otherwise! Go on... give art and design a chance.

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How A D.C. Museum Made People Give A Crap About Architecture
http://www.fastcodesign.com
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and on a lighter note... you can live your Austin Powers fantasy! Really!

(let's be honest... in Brooklyn this would be a multi-million dollar property)

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Chicago condo untouched since the 1970s hits market for just $158,000
http://www.dailymail.co.uk
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This is a question I've had for years! Makes sense. And I still prefer the voice in my head!!

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This Is Why You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice on Recordings
http://motherboard.vice.com
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Matt Lea
Matt Lea

I'm impressed, but I'll be really impressed when the 3d printing happens INSIDE the body!

A perspective I hadn't considered. People in the UK... any thoughts?

Hafta say, though... the author's entire argument hinges on one point: in Scotland, "free tuition resulted in lower grants used for housing and students in need had to rely more on loans." Does free tuition HAVE to result in lower living expense grants for students in need? Or is that something that can be addressed?

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This is what would happen if college tuition became free in America
http://qz.com
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Fiona Apps
Fiona Apps

All of my friends who were Scottish citizens when they went to uni just stayed with their parents. Now they all own houses because they could spend that time saving for their futures. Whilst I fear my $60k a year university will be hounding me until I die. Renting.

And it still works!

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Abraham Cabarcas
Abraham Cabarcas

Is it a radio of tubes?

Adam Williams
Adam Williams

I'm not sure, as a guess I'd say 1950s.

Adam Williams
Adam Williams

Yes, it's a tube radio. 😊

Fiona Apps
Fiona Apps

Can you actually use it for every day things though?

Adam Williams
Adam Williams

It doesn't have FM, but you can still pick up MW and LW broadcasts. Handy if you're lost at sea. 😊

A life with No Arms. Genuinely remarkable story

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Brett: A Life with No Arms
http://www.bbc.co.uk
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Fiona Apps
Fiona Apps

They've been mixing pre-school with it as well! It's such a good idea.

Laszlo H
Laszlo H

Even younger, junior high might be better, but community is lacking in many places.

Yesterday I realised something, I spend ~660 hours (roughly equivalent to the month of February) commuting every year. And, surprisingly, I quite enjoy it.

In a rather meta way, I wrote a blog post about it on my commute. Thoughts & feedback always welcome.

https://medium.com/@fredrivett…c8434386c7

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Divya Vashist
Divya Vashist

Well done Fred! Very well written :) and i can totally relate to it

Fred Rivett
Fred Rivett

Thanks :) Yeah reading is one of the best ways to use the commute I've found, that and podcasts/audio books. Writing is less easy but can still be a good place to note some thoughts down :)

Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez

Good writing, Fred. Obviously there's also the issue of whether all this commuting is really necessary for today's knowledge worker, but that's for another time...

Fred Rivett
Fred Rivett

Totally Carlos. I agree the shift towards remote work won't be stopping any time soon and makes total sense. I wrote the post realising I'm only 7 months into the commute, 5/10/15 years down the line, I'm hoping to be commuting a bit less (read: if at all).

Sam Marks
Sam Marks

I read loads on the train. I find it a catharsis from work and even sometimes from home too...I never usually read much but commuting allows me to do so.

Fred Rivett
Fred Rivett

Totally Sam. It gives time for the things we'd never really be able to find time for otherwise, definite benefits to it.

Jeff Peters
Jeff Peters

I wonder how much more "fun" or useful commutes everywhere would be with something like a driverless car. It's essentially the same as being on a train, but a lot more people would then have that "free time" to do things. The issue here in NYC is that it's pretty difficult to "do" something during a commute on the Subway, other than listen to music or podcasts. It's funny, everyone I know falls FAAAAR behind on their podcasts during holidays when they stay home more.

Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales

When we were in our first little office in Mayfair, I lived within walking distance. The first month or so of the commute I more or less hated it. It took me a while to learn the right way to do it. (I now take the slower tube, where I can get a seat and read, instead of the faster one, where I'm crammed in and hanging from a strap.) It isn't as long as yours - about 45 minutes door to door. But I totally recognize what you are saying: I just remarked to someone the other day that I'm actually reading books for the first time in a long time. (On kindle, but still - books!)

Fred Rivett
Fred Rivett

@Jeff – Driverless cars will certainly mix things up. I totally agree on the upsides/downsides of a commute varying massively depending on how you do it. I wouldn't want to spend the time I spend standing on the tube, so I'm fortunate in that sense.

@Jimmy – Totally, I'd much rather spend a little longer on a more leisurely commute and use that time than be crammed in and lose that time.

@Mike – I didn't realise Leverkusen was so close to Cologne!

Sandeep Singh
Sandeep Singh

I should have used this trick in my interview presentation. Haha

Simon Pucher
Simon Pucher

Hah! A meeting is a "jam session". ^^
Fantastic!

I am impressed by the current Pope. (no that's not what this is about) It was hard to understand his speech at the US Congress. After all it's his 2nd, (or 3rd or 4th) language, so I decided to read the transcript of the UN speech. Worth reading, but also, I was wondering what the 1st language of the transcriber might be!? Or nuclear weapons became nothing more than distractions while I was sleeping?! "....... proliferation of arms, especially weapons of mass distraction, such as nuclear weapons. "
This is from the only transcript I can find at PBS same as TIME :)
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ru…d-nations/

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Hadn't thought about it from this perspective...

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Timeline Photos - Humans of New York | Facebook
http://www.facebook.com
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I was reading this old article on the South China Sea Issue, which I was not very aware of. It's worth reading, but what really wowed me was the format.
hint: don't forget to scroll down....it's not just a pretty picture.

http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphic…china-sea/

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A Game of Shark and Minnow
http://www.nytimes.com
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John Finch
John Finch

oh yes I remember reading this - definitely recommend!